From Joe Wilson:
I am sharing Valerie’s letter with my own email list. The fight we are in is really for a return to respect for the rights of citizens under our constitution. There is no place in the public square for those who would betray the public trust for personal revenge. I hope you will read the letter and if you feel you can support our effort please go to www.wilsonsupport.org. Thank you. Joe
July 14, 2006
Dear Special Friends and Family,
As you know, three years ago today, my name and covert employment with the CIA was leaked to the press. In its wake came a political scandal and media storm that destroyed my family’s privacy, significantly heightened concerns for our security, and challenged Joe and me in a myriad of ways we could not have imagined when this episode began. After years of service to my country, I felt compelled to resign from the CIA in January because I could no longer effectively perform the job that I was trained and honored to do. The right wing has sought to destroy Joeâ€™s reputation, despite his 23 years of service to his country, and mounted a searing and relentless smear campaign against him. It has been a disheartening and discouraging time for those who care about the rights of citizens to hold their government accountable for their words and actions.
And yet, we have also been humbled and gratified by the show of support from people across the nation who were outraged that this administration would endanger national security for purely political purposes. We also believe that the Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, assigned to investigate the leak of my identity, is a man of integrity who will do all in his power to ensure that our judicial system continues to function independently. In October 2005, the Special Prosecutor indicted the Vice Presidentâ€™s Chief of Staff, Scooter Libby, on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements. His trial is set to begin in January 2007. Karl Rove, the Presidentâ€™s chief political advisor, will not be indicted for reasons that still remain unclear, despite uncontested evidence that he did discuss my name and classified employment with several members of the press. It is clear that the Administration has repeatedly sought to punish those who speak out against it in an effort to muzzle future critics and whistleblowers.
I am writing to update you that, as a consequence of these events, and after much discussion between us, Joe and I have decided to file a civil suit against those known to be involved in the effort to discredit Joe for speaking the truth and for illegally disclosing my employment with the CIA. The rules governing civil trial procedures are very different from those in criminal proceedings. Often times individuals who are not criminally prosecuted or convicted in criminal court are nevertheless held accountable in civil court. This civil suit will allow Joe and I, as well as our fellow citizens, to expose the truth about the Administrationâ€™s attempt to intimidate and silence a critic who revealed the inaccuracies in the Presidentâ€™s stated reasons for going to war with Iraq.
We have no illusions that the path will be easy or smooth; our opponents have shown that they are determined, well-financed, and do not see the truth as an obstacle to their political objectives. But this is about so much more than the indignities heaped upon our family. This is about what they are doing to our great democracy.
We have established a non-profit trust fund, the Wilson Legal Support Fund, to help pay legal fees imposed on us by the Libby indictment and to pursue our civil suit. You can get more information and make a contribution through the Trustâ€™s web site, Wilsonsupport.org.
When you get a moment, please take a look at the website, designed to help explain the mission of the legal support fund and reach out to our fellow citizens. Please share the existence of this campaign with your friends and family. We extend our heartfelt gratitude for your continued support to us and our family through these difficult times.
Valerie and Joe